I am a 48 year old man, 221 lbs. FTP = 210. I realize I have weight to lose.
I have a local Gran Fondo (122 km/73 miles, 1900 m/6200 ft elevation) that I have ridden several times. The problem is that my cadence gets too low and I end up using more of my muscle and less of my cardio.
I had taken my bike into the shop and they put in a larger cassette in the back (and a longer chain stay). My current bike ratio is 50/34 in front, 36/11 in the back.
I fully admit I know nothing about bike gearing. Or much about equipment in general.
According to the bike shop I can’t do anything more to make the up hill climb easier without spending a lot to also have to replace the gear shift handles.
Any thought/tips on how I can make my granny gear easier without shelling out hundreds?
Thanks in advance!